Savantas E-Newsletter - May 2017

17 May ,2017

Mrs Regina Ip leads Savantas Policy Institute and Maritime Silk Road Society to visit the China Zhi Gong Party and Chinese Association of Hong Kong & Macao Studies
On 16th May, Chair of Savantas Policy Institute (SPI) and Co-Chair of the Maritime Silk Road Society (MSRS) Mrs Regina Ip, along with SPI Vice-chair and MSRS Co-president Dr Louis Shih, MSRS Vice-Chair Mr Wong Kyin Pyu; and SPI Director Ms Germaine Lau, visited Vice-chairwoman of the China Zhi Gong Party Ms Yan Xiaopei and Chairman of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies Mr Xu Ze, respectively. The China Zhi Gong Party was founded in 1925 and currently serves as one of the eight major democratic parties in Mainland China with 54,000 members.Ideas and opinions were exchanged on Hong Kong's role in the Belt and Road Initiative and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area. Please click here for the full press release in Chinese

(Mrs Regina Ip's delegation meets with Vice Chairwoman of the China Zhi Gong Party, Ms Yan Xiaopei)

Open for Application: Savantas Liberal Arts Academy "STEAM X Dream Summer Program 2017"
This summer, Savantas Liberal Arts Academy is offering a brand new "STEAM X Dream Summer Program" for senior secondary school students. The Program, to be held from 16th July to 5th August 2017 (3 weeks in total), will adopt multiple learning approaches including talks (by renowned speakers including Mrs Regina Ip and Dr Louis Shih), corporate visits, technology workshops and a residential camp. The aim is to inspire students' interest in technology, humanities and social issues and provide participants with the opportunity to apply their knowledge to problem-solving, improve their communication skills and understand various industries for career planning.

The Program is open for application. Please click here for more information.

Topical Issue: What is the Real Sharing Economy?
The sharing economy's main appeal is the utilization of idle capital, generating more value without consuming additional resources. Without a solid understanding of the purpose of the sharing economy, we can easily go astray when we draw up public policies for this latest economic trend. If the government wishes to reap the benefits of this new market without letting it run amok in defiance of existing regulations, perhaps it can draw up new policies to regulate the new market, such as setting maximum hours for Uber drivers or requiring AirBnB's landlord to be with the tenant during the rental. That way a level playing field can be maintained for all stakeholders without hindering the great potential of the sharing economy. Please click here for the full article

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